The Hot! Directory is our member's directory. It lists members by
subject category. Members select their own categories according to
the content of their sites, but the selections are subjected to staff
approval. With a heirarchical organization and a built-in search
engine, visitors can easily navigate through the 350+ categories.
The directory features ten
Hot! Sites, voted by members, in
every category. They appear on the front page of the category as our
reward to quality web sites in the banner exchange. It also attracts
non-members to the directory, which gives all members more exposure.
Each member has one vote per category. To encourage participation,
two hit credits are awarded every time a member casts a vote for the
Hot! site. For example, if a
member casted votes for five Hot! sites this week, then the member
will receive 10 hit credits. All votes are carried from week to week.
Other directories may take a long time to update, but not our Hot!
Directory. It is updated immediately. This leads to some occasional
abuses (e.g. foul language), but we believe the benefit to our members
outweighs the occasional nuisance. Besides, we still monitor the
directory closely, especially for changes.